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to san francisco right now. north korea freed 85-year-old merril newman friday night after detaining him for more than a month. newman was in good spirits when he arrived at beijing's airport. listen. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home and i appreciate the tolerance that bprk tolerance has given me. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what are you going to do, first thing? >> i'll go home and see my wife. >> i know she's waiting for him. cnn's athena jones is covering the story in washington for us. athena, good morning to you, why was newman in north korea to start with? and give us details about why they decided to release him now. >> good morning, victor. it is great news. great to see that video of him happy and smiling. mirel newman as you mentioned fought in the korean war and wanted to go back and visit the peninsula. he went with a tour group. he was taken off the 14 leave pyongyang at the end of that trip, he was taken off the plane, end of october, so he's been there for a long time. the north koreans say they're releasing him for humanitarian reasons after w
Dec 7, 2013 7:00am PST
news. merrill newman, the 85-year-old palo alto man who was detained in north korea for six weeks, is right now on a plane headed to sfo. he will land in a couple of hours. we're live at sfo where a welcome home crowd continues to grow. >> reporter: that scheduled ?riet supposed to land at 8:58. we expect family to alive closer to that time. it's sure to be a warm welcome for the korean war veteran who has been away from his wife, family and friends for more than a month now. we have video of merrill newman in china last night on his way home. the ordeal started when merrill newman visited north korea in october. just as he was about to board a flight for china, he was detained on october 26 and charged with hostile acts against the state. the associated press says merrill newman served in a it top secret military unit that trained south koreans to sneak into north korea during the war. during his time in custody in north korea, they released a video of the veteran apologizing for his actions. the north korean government does have a history of coercesing statements from detainees.
Dec 6, 2013 11:00pm PST
. and within the past 45 minutes, we heard from meryll newman's son. amber lee spoke when he will be reunited with his family. >> reporter: we heard that newman was on his way home to san francisco. less than an hour ago his son who's in los angeles had a huge smile on his face when he spoke about his father. >> we're absolutely delighted to confirm that meryll newman is on his way home after being released by the dprk. >> reporter: in palo alto at channing house they refused to speak to us on camera. but they were all smiles. >> i was very pleased. very pleased indeed. i don't know what it took to get him released but i'm very glad he's coming home. i'm sure his family is too. >> reporter: the north korean state news agency kcna reported that newman had been quote deported. and they reported that the government did it in a humanitarian standpoint because of the man's old age and condition. this is meryll newman in a video we brought you last friday. he read from a prepared statement. newman talks about what he did in north korea in his last trip. >> i asked my guide to help me look for their
Dec 4, 2013 7:00am PST
newman of palo alto who has been detained for more than a month in north korea. during the korean war, mr. newman led a unit of guerrilla fighters. mr. newman reportedly reached out to surviving members of his former unit before his trip and planned to meet some of them in south korea. this new information comes after north korea released video of newman apologizing for war crimes committed during the korean war. >>> also new this morning, vice president joe biden is in china. second stop of his week-long trip to asia. here's some new video of the vice president meeting with china's vice president. he also met with china's president. one area of tension between the two nations, china's recent declaration of a new air defense zone over disputed islands in the south china sea. both the u.s. and japan have refused to recognize china's declaration. >>> it is 7:15. former santa clara county supervisor george shirikawa is scheduled to appear in court on suspicion of campaign mail fraud. he was sentenced for a year in jail for misusing public money. this afternoon, he faces an additional fell no
Dec 2, 2013 6:00am PST
, a national security council spokes woman urged north korea to let 85-year-old merrill newman return home to the united states. newman is a korean war veteran. he was detained in october as his tour group was leaving the communist country. over the weekend korean state media released this video of newman reading a handwritten, scripted apology for so-called crimes committed during the korean war. the u.s. is also pushing for the release of a second american, kenneth bae, who's been in prison since last year. bae's sister spoke to chris cuomo about the last time she heard from her brother. >> last time we've had any news of kenneth when my mother was visiting back in october so she was there from the 11th through the 14th and she got to visit him in the hospital and we haven't had any updates since and at that time, i think his condition had improved some because he had been hospitalized for several months but, you know, he has chronic conditions that require ongoing attention by his doctors at home which is why he needs to come home now. >> help us understand that a little bit. was he inj
Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
-old merrill newman. the career of more bedroom was on attending a tour of north korea recently, when he was taken off of a plane and not allowed to leave the country. here is newman, making a so-called apology days ago. in the video, the korean war veteran said, that he was sorry for war crimes that he had committed ansar for hostile acts against his friends. >> just before 6-pm - and local temperatures are dropping drastically. more cold weather continues to roll in tonight.and the temperatures are below normal for this time of the year. right now. mount tam is in the mid 40's and in the berkeley hills. it is already 37 degrees. i'm in the weather center with chief meteorologist jacqueline bennett. we're hearing about possible rain -- and even snow??? >> we see mostly lame because we're in the 40's, it is too warm for snow but you concede that there is still snow showers. the pink is what we are calling the small minds. up to the north the scene snow. it's light rain at highway 1 01. as will but to ukiah we are seen at freezing snow. the snow levels are much more lord there because it
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korea visited merrill newman, and he is in good health. he's accused of decades old war crimes and was seen on north korean television reading an apology. >> a highway pile-up in central massachusetts, totalling 65 cars and three tractor trailers. dozens were sent to hospital. bad weather and freezing weather was thought to have caused the accident. the highway reopened this afternoon. >> more on that massive weather system. let's go to rebecca with more on the system. certainly a bad scene there in massachusetts, probably more snow and rain on the way. >> friezing drizzle and light snow in parts of massachusetts, and parts of maine. we are seeing this in new york, update at central new york. we are going to see this diminish as we get into early monday morning, it's something we have to be worried about. otherwise the big story is focussing on the west where the winds gust up to 30-40 k/hr. wind warnings have been issued for large portions of the north-west, bill wyman, utah and colorado. wee look at the overpass in idaho. it's heading off to the east. boy, it's getting snowy.
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Dec 1, 2013 11:00pm EST
. he says newman appears in good health. north korea says he committed war crimes decades ago. he was seen on television there yesterday reading an apology. >>> it's just after 11:00 a.m. monday morning in thailand and it was a bloody weekend there. four were killed. more than 100 hurt after protests erupted. the leader of those protests has called for a nationwide strike after meeting with the prime minister and demanding she resign. our scott hideler joins us from bangkok with more on this. scott, are we expecting more clark between police and protesters today? >> reporter: absolutely. now, we have been seeing a little bit of that. we are right by the prime minister's office, the government house, barricaded behind me. >> that's where we saw a lot of the most intention clark on sunday. we have had a little bit of that today, nothing like we saw yesterday. but it's a little bit early in the day. there have been about maybe two to 300 protesters that were just up at the barricade within the last 15 or 20 minutes. they started lobbing tear gas. i am wearing a helmet. they are goin
Dec 3, 2013 11:00pm PST
are questioning why 85- year-old meryll newman visited south korea. last week north korea released this video of him confessing to crimes during the war. he acted as an advisor for korean fighters called the white tigers. former members of the white tigers say they are still the most despised and feared in the north. in fact, one korean general who escaped said he would never go back. >> in science, americans are in 22nd place just below average. and in math 29th with 28 countries ahead of the u.s. students from asian nations were at the top in all three categories. >>> new at 10:00, ballerinas taking center stage in a special holiday performance of the nutcracker. >> the whole land was in celebration for clara and the nutcracker. >> reporter: san francisco ballet dancers have been visiting the children's hospital. >> tons of snow flakes dancing around. see they're all on points. >> ballet. >> it's a great reminder for us why we're really out there and it brings the joy to the children. so, that's what nutcracker is all about. >> the first american performance of the nutcracker was in san fra
Dec 3, 2013 10:00pm PST
veterans are questioning why 85- year-old meryll newman visited south korea. last week north korea released this video of him confessing to crimes during the war. he acted as an advisor for korean fighters called the white tigers. former members of the white tigers say they are still the most despised and feared in the north. in fact, one korean general who escaped said he would never go back. >> in science, americans are in 22nd place just below average. and in math 29th with 28 countries ahead of the u.s. students from asian nations were at the top in all three categories. >>> new at 10:00, ballerinas taking center stage in a special holiday performance of the nutcracker. >> the whole land was in celebration for clara and the nutcracker. >> reporter: san francisco ballet dancers have been visiting the children's hospital. >> tons of snow flakes dancing around. see they're all on points. >> ballet. >> it's a great reminder for us why we're really out there and it brings the joy to the children. so, that's what nutcracker is all about. >> the first american performance of the nutcracker was
Dec 3, 2013 9:00am PST
john boehner channeled his newman, what me, worry? approach to congressional deadlines. speaking before the break boehner seems completely nonplussed he provides over the least productive congress since world war ii. >> listen, we have a very divided country and a very divided government. i'm not going to sit here and underestimate the difficulty finding the common ground. there's not as much common ground here as there used to be. >> indeed. why find common ground when one party can spend all of its time railing against the president's health care law. with that the president will defend his signature achievement in a speech at 2:30 eastern. joining me georgetown university professor eric dyson, salon's editor-at-large joan walsh, "washington post" columnist jonathan capehart, former democratic congressman harold ford, jr. joining us from washington nbc's capitol hill correspondent luke russert. luke, i can't believe i'm saying the words government shut down and debt ceiling debacle once again, my friend. what are the chances that the two waring sides get together to pass a budget deal
Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm PST
veteran detained for more than a month. 85-year-old newman was visiting the country in october but pulled off a plane minutes before it was about to leave. his family hasn't heard from him since, except for recorded apology that the north korean government released. we don't know what country he's in but are working to get more information and will bring it to you as soon as we learn more about the release of this palo alto war veteran. >>> tonight, rain is arriving in the bay area and combine that with the freezing cold, it's a recipe for snow. good evening. >> julie haener has the night off. we have live team coverage tonight. ktvu's robert handa is in the south bay where the cold turned deadly. we begin with meteorologist mark tracking the rain and snow. >> reporter: the coverage has been on the increase over the past three to four hours of the right now on live storm tracker 2, it's very interesting up in the north bay and parts of mencino county. especially the north of willis. you can see all the coverage here, significant snowfall sticking to the roads for this part of the region.
Dec 2, 2013 3:00pm PST
of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to know your business, offering specialized solutions and capital to help you meet your growth objectives. we offer expertise and tailored solutions for small businesses and major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news america." >> this is "bbc world news america," reporting from washington, i'm katty kay. protesters in ukraine this siege to the main government building come about russian leader vladimir putin -- in ukraine besieged the main government building. demonstrators in thailand are calling for the leaders to step down. superhero is a muslim teenager who is smashing stereotypes with every adventure.
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, newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to know your business, offering specialized solutions in capital to help you meet your growth objectives. we offer expertise and tailored solutions for small and businesses and major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news america." newsis is "bbc world america." the death of nelson mandela brings a sense of loss around the world as people paid tribute outside his home in johannesburg. crowds take to the streets in so weto to remember their former leader. example nelson mandela has left for the rest of us to follow.
Dec 9, 2013 3:00pm PST
." funding is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, pursuing the common good for over 30 years, united health care, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to know your business. offering specialized solutions and capital to help you meet your growth objectives. we offer expertise and tailored solutions for small businesses and major corporations. hat can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news america." >> this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laura. a show of force in ukraine. security forces try to disperse protestors and storm the offices of the main opposition party. thailand's prime minister dissolves the low house of parliament in the face of ma protests there and calls for early elections. the demonstrators say it is not enough. and as south africa prepares for a huge memorial for nelson mandela, we speak exclusively to his eldest daughter about his final days. >> in the last moment, we were sitting with him on thursday, the whole day.
Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm EST
-old, edward newman. is this something the vice president will raise on the strip? >> we are deeply concerned about the welfare of the u.s. citizens held. kenneth bayh has been a north korea custody -- north korean custody for over a year and we continue to urge the dprk authorities to to grant them amnesty and immediate release and the urge the immediate release of meryl newman who was detained more recently given mr. newman's advanced age and health emissions -- conditions. we urge them to release mr. newman so he can return home and be reunited with his family. i don't have an itemized list of topics of discussion for the vice president but in addition to all the important issues we discussed with the governments of the countries he is visiting i'm sure that those that are getting a lot of attention right now will be among those issues discussed. >> back on health care for second. since the new system has been activated, why has this been done and how much traffic is -- on the web site? >> let me say it couple of things. one of the improvements that has been made since october 1 was the im